If you’re interested in a true-crime presentation, I am available to speak at libraries, schools, bookstores, etc., anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
My presentations are all roughly one hour in length (though they can be longer, upon request) and include time for audience questions.
Here are my main presentations:
The Art of the Con
My book, The Big Con (published in 2016 by ABC-CLIO) looks at scam artists such as Bernie Madoff and Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”), online romance fraud, the Nigerian Prince email, disaster fraud, pyramid schemes, medical fakery and other forms of deceit.
This talk includes commentary about how to avoid being scammed and why old cons continue to flourish under new guises.
“Nate Hendley recently gave a talk about cons and scams at our Probus club. I found that the presentation was very well researched and documented. Nate’s style of delivery is very engaging and informative. Our members really enjoyed the presentation; it was one of the best of the year. It’s obvious that Nate is very well qualified in his area of expertise.” —Kerry Long, Probus Club of Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario
The following interview, recorded September 2016 with Talk Radio Europe will give you a sense of what my presentation about “The Art of the Con” is like:
The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto
The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto tells the story of Ron Moffatt, who was 14-years old in 1956 when he was falsely accused of murder. This little-known Toronto tragedy involves a coerced confession, a fumbled police investigation and a crusading lawyer who sought to free Ron from custody.
My talk includes commentary about wrongful convictions, false confessions and police interrogation protocols for young offenders.
“Nate Hendley spoke [October 19/2018] at the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University. He was invited to discuss his recent book, The Boy on the Bicycle. Nate spoke passionately as he knows the individual who was wrongfully convicted. He was, therefore, able to give a personal perspective on the case from those involved in addition to the well-researched written material in the book. His lecture generated many intelligent questions about induced confessions and the wrongfully convicted. Nate would be a welcome lecturer in the future at the LIFE Institute.” —Sandy Kingston, LIFE Institute, Course Coordinator
Capone and Schultz: A Swaggering Crime Boss and a Mobster Misfit
Al Capone and Dutch Schultz epitomized certain aspects of American gangster culture in the 1920s and 1930s.
Capone was a major mob boss in Chicago while Schultz was a force to be reckoned with in New York City.
While sharing certain similarities (both men rose to power in part through bootlegging—selling illegal alcohol during Prohibition—and were beset with tax problems), the personalities and eventual outcomes of these two crime figures were drastically different.
“Nate recently gave a talk at the High Park Library for our ‘True Crimes’ series, entitled ‘Dangerous and Deadly: Mob Boss Al Capone and Dutch Schultz’ about two famous criminals whose biographies he had penned. A good author knows what his characters are carrying in their pockets and what kind of bullets his characters use in their guns. Nate helped us understand where these men came from, what their motivations were, and what caused their downfalls. We came to know, understand, and perhaps admire these very quirky characters. It was thrilling and scary and perfect for Halloween.”—Meghan Edmonds, Sunnyside Historical Society
Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Life and Crimes of Canada’s Master Bank Robber
Blessed with movie-star good looks, charisma and charm, Edwin Boyd, son of a Toronto police officer, became the most notorious bank robber in Canada for a brief period in the early 1950s.
The so-called Boyd Gang (the name newspapers applied to the bandits who coalesced around Boyd) garnered huge headlines for their daring armed robberies in Toronto.
Boyd had a reputation for being a “gentleman bandit” who never hurt anyone during his robberies. But does this image reflect reality or mask a more violent, sinister side to Boyd’s criminal past?
This presentation is based on my book about Boyd.
“Nate Hendley has been a guest speaker for us on three occasions. The first was when he was invited to a soldout screening of the film Citizen Gangster at the Revue Cinema in Toronto. After the film, we screened a brief interview with the director, Nathan Morlando, followed by an interview with Nate, who had written a biography about Edwin Alonzo Boyd, the primary character in the film … The audience really appreciated Nate’s knowledge and it made the experience of seeing the film that much richer.”—Meghan Edmonds, Sunnyside Historical Society
Research Techniques for Writers
Whether you are trying to find out what wheat prices were in the 1920s or secure court documents, corporate reports or police memos, research can be a vital component to writing compelling fiction and non-fiction alike.
In this workshop, I explore deep research techniques for writers and offer tips on how to look through archives, deal with bureaucrats, make information requests and find material that others might have overlooked. A handout will include several helpful research sources for writers.
The techniques discussed in this workshop will help all writers, regardless of genre.
This presentation is based on my own experience as the author of over a dozen non-fiction books.
“Nate Hendley presented a workshop on Deep Research Techniques at the York Writers Conference [on October 26, 2019]. We had terrific feedback from attendees about his presentation. Nate’s experience and knowledge on the subject was truly appreciated along with his openness and willingness to help new authors. We were proud to have him at our inaugural conference.” — Kim McDougall, Program Coordinator, Writers’ Community of York Region (Ontario)
Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice
This presentation is based on my book of the same title, which looked at the tragic case of a small-town Ontario teenager wrongfully convicted of murder in 1959.
To get a sense of my speaking style, here’s a video of a crime writer panel I appeared on. This was recorded November 23, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library. My part begins at the 23 minute mark.
I charge reasonable rates and require minimal equipment. For more information, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.